Wilderness Experience Family EcoQuest

Safari adventure with the whole family

Family safari in Southern Africa

In this course you will be able to discover South Africa with your whole family! Particularly children, but of course also their parents, get to know the South African wildlife at close quarters and in a playful way. Instructed by experienced safari guides they will gain valuable knowledge about the country’s unique nature. The nature-oriented course helps to give exciting background knowledge about the South African biodiversity – especially to the little ones – and this way teaches them awareness about the ecological interconnectedness, the human’s dependence on nature and about the worth of our environment – and the need of its protection. Living and learning in the midst of nature provides for a training of social and practical skills and furthers an understanding of an environmentally aware and sustainable lifestyle.

The Karongwe reserve in which you will live and learn with your family measures about 9000 hectares and is an excellent wildlife area. It is situated between several rivers and offers a perfect habitat for many animals and plants. The reserve lends itself for further education about the flora and fauna of Southern Africa: The landscape shows distinct vegetation zones – mixed Lowvelds and mopane-forests with grassland savanna, riverine vegetation and rocky landscapes. Furthermore, you can watch several wild animals, especially big cats like cheetahs, leopards, and lions.

Included

  • Placement in the course
  • Drinking water
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Excursions
  • Assistance with selecting travel insurance
  • Game drives
  • Assistance with booking flights
  • Game walks
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • Classroom hours
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • English speaking support by long-term experienced staff
  • Accommodation during the course
  • 24/7 support throughout the course
  • All meals during the course
  • Certificate

Not included

  • Flights
  • Further beverages (e.g. liquors, soft drinks, bottled water)
  • Travel insurance
  • Transport outside course hours
  • Visa fees
  • Personal expenses and optional excursions
  • Accommodation outside course hours

South Africa | Adults

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID W.AF-013
5 Days 700 €

South Africa | Children

Start DateDurationCostNATUCATE-ID W.AF-013
5 Days 550 €

The price listed is valid for children up to 15 years.

Requirements

Requirements

Adults who are travelling should have basic English knowledge. Specific previous knowledge is not necessary – much more important is enthusiasm for plants and animals and the motivation to work and learn actively. All participants should be physically fit. We therefore ask you for a medical certificate about the state of health of all travelers as well a certificate of vaccination. Prior to the departure to South Africa, the entire family need to make sure to get foreign health insurance.

Details EcoQuest family course

Details

Your family adventure

You and your family arrive at the International Airport of Johannesburg (O. R. Tambo International Airport) from where you get picked up and brought to Camp Karongwe in the southwest of the Kruger National Park. Once you’ve arrived there, you can first of all ensconce yourself in your tents and get to know the camp as well as the other participants.

Your five-day safari trial course starts with acquiring important navigation skills and bush survival skills which are necessary to get along in the African bush. Equal to the education of a real Safari guide, you and your family learn the art of tracking and get introduced to the South African wildlife. In a way that is suitable for children, your guide teaches you a deeper understanding about the biodiversity, the ecological networks and the necessity to protect our nature while trying to let you experience unique wildlife-sightings. Evenings by the campfire and identifying stars are also some highlights of the course. Discover South Africa and experience an incredible outdoor adventure with your whole family!

If desired, all participants can get a certificate after finishing the course

 

Subjects covered in the course are:

  • Safety rules and navigation in the bush
  • Zoology and botany
  • Tracking
  • Identification of animals
  • Ecology – natural interdependence
  • Astronomy

We realise that some of the people on our projects in Southern Africa want to see as many animals as possible in their natural environment. However, this is dependent on a number of factors. Please note that NATUCATE makes no guarantee that you will see a variety of animals, in particular the big five, as nature doesn’t always give us what we want. To make such a guarantee would be unprofessional and against our corporate philosophy.


Accommodation

Your accommodation

The participants spend the course in the South African Camp Karongwe at the dry river bed of the Karongwe near the Kruger National Park. The Karongwe reservation is suitable to observe several wild animals like lions, leopards, cheetahs, and elephants.

Usually two participants share a tent in the camp. Children may sleep in the tent of their parents. Alternatively, the whole family can sleep in the open on the higher observation decks in the middle of the camp. The available sanitary facilities are used by all participants. In the communal area all participants have their meals together. The tap water is drinking water and you can also buy more drinks in the camp. There is generally no electricity in the camp. As needed, electricity can be produced with the help of a generator so that batteries can be recharged.

Since the mobile reception is usually very bad, solar lamps and satellite telephones are used in the camp.

 

Everybody interested in our Wilderness Experience should be able to adjust to entirely unfamiliar standards of living in their future host country. Therefore, we would like to point out the importance of being flexible and adaptable regarding the accommodation and sanitary facilities provided by the project. Those are very basic and – depending on the project – cannot be compared to European standards. The equipment and furnishings are limited to a minimum; air conditioning is not available. Depending on your host country occasional power blackouts or water outages are quite common. Please contact us if you have further questions about your accommodation. We are pleased to provide you with comprehensive information since we would like you to feel entirely prepared for your time abroad.

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